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Helmut Reefschlaeger vs Corrado Astengo
"Smothering Sunday" (game of the day Mar-19-2023)
Bad Wiessee Open (2008), Bad Wiessee GER, rd 7, Nov-07
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D13)  ·  1-0



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  chrisowen: And for queen sake I know caved in for a lucky fog cadence ogle b5 aced in fade d7 fingers lingers e8,

eg I ment safe extra pair of hands queen rook charming be in xray faser f6 axe fetters rook chain,

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  chrisowen: Aim bade for duty delve came cuffed take deems queen be knight in fluffed con checks queen cleric e7 find be afraid one chariot cargo c8 and g8 feeds era effect queen bet alive knight quad grip camped biffed be dab otb bemoaning good free heads queen knight every g;eam each flow feels queen be room rook changing I crab bind bones queeng7 a bedding down knightf6 tow back caught rook a fat king glorious queen general free the f8 one call evers check be at for king fatefuls queen and knight dangled gem check evermore queen seeking ball service d7 in for-off 27.Nf6+ king he freedrich left a germane family coup in hefaced 27...Kf8 other step right result and mate in one d7 cabled doctor in digger scamp f8 heflunge 28.Qe8+ smotheered jangle g7s ersatz e7 cleric knight cutoff route again c8 aint rook engineers queen he plot land the big blow c8 be effected 28.Rxe8 an go etc he at ok crone f6 mark off in gg ar I balked hood-winkers quad check off a cartwheel 29.Nd7#.
Sep-16-13  gars: Happiness is a Monday puzzle.
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  kevin86: Warning-smother hazard-

For black's king of course. Mate in three!

Sep-16-13  varishnakov: What a crazy game.
And nice mate, easy.
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  scutigera: I've seen Philidor's Legacy before, and I've seen a few epaulette mates, but this is the first time I've seen both at once.
Sep-16-13  SuperPatzer77: <TheaN : ...White smothers with <27.Nf6+ Kf8 (Kd8 Qd7#) 28.Qd8+ Rxd8 29.Nd7# 1-0>. Pretty straightforward but pleasing sight. >

<TheaN> You made a typo - 28. Qd8+ Rxd8 - it should be 28. Qe8+ Rxe8, 29. Nd7#


Sep-16-13  Nullifidian: A smothered mate with:

27. ♘f6+ ♔f8 (♔d8 28. ♕d7#) 28. ♕e8+ ♖xe8 29. ♘d7#

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  thegoodanarchist: I love a good smothered mate! Always on the lookout for it. It is even cooler than an epaulet mate imo.
Sep-16-13  James D Flynn: White is piece up but Black has threats along the open g file e.g. 27…..Qg1+ 28.Ke2 f3+ 29.Kxf3 Q g4+ 30.Ke3 Bg5+ 31.Kd3 Qxf5+ 32.Kd4(or Ke2 Qxc2+) Rc4+) however White has a decisive double check 27.Nf6+ Kf8(not Kd8 28.Qd7#) 28.Qe8+ Rxe8 28.Nd7#.
Sep-16-13  SamAtoms1980: 27.Nf6+ Kf8 28.Qe8+ Rxe8 29.Nd7#.

Didn't get to it until now. The motif, the theme may be very familiar but this particular incarnation is gorgeous.

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  gawain: Unusually interesting for an early-week puzzle.
Mar-19-23  Brenin: An excellent choice of GOTD and title for Mothering Sunday.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Astonishing how poisonous the Exchange Slav can become, and by the most subtle means. After only ten moves, White has the Queen and a Rook in play, and begun the attack.

Nice to see a smothered mate someplace other than in one of the corners. Any smothered mates where the King is surrounded by *8* of his pieces?

Mar-19-23  areknames: Great pun and fun game! My old acquaintance Astengo cops a real hiding here, however what's truly unbelievable to me is that he managed to draw against Ulf Andersson in the very same tournament.
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  HeMateMe: Reefschlaeger Madness!
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  MissScarlett: <Any smothered mates where the King is surrounded by *8* of his pieces?>

F W Viney vs H Gook, 1926

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  Teyss: - Hi Mom, happy Mother's Day.
- Now where did you get that idea?
- I got reminded on a site...
- Oh dear, a British site for sure. You apparently don't know there are 38 different dates for Mother's Day across the globe. You should exercice outside instead of being on internet. But wear a scarf, it's nippy. Did you eat your broccoli today?
- Mom, it's morning...
- A good broccoli smoothie to start the day as usual dear. Must rush now, have a Nordic walk before my pilates. Don't forget to call back on the right date.
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  MissScarlett: I won't claim that Brits invented motherhood, but they were surely the first to realise its potential for commercial exploitation (I use the term in a non-pejorative sense).
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  FSR: Picturesque mate.
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  OhioChessFan: <Teyss: Oh dear, a British site for sure. You apparently don't know there are 38 different dates for Mother's Day across the globe.>

I was quite confused, but okay. We just can't get enough puns on Sundays that only the Brits among us understand. The same submitter has accused me of obscure puns, alas.

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  HeMateMe: Best puns work under the KISS principle.
Mar-19-23  Brenin: Sorry to be pedantic, but Mothering Sunday originally celebrated (and still does) the mother church, that is, the church in which one was baptised and thus became a child of the Church. Mother's Day is a secular modern commercial celebration of mothers and motherhood, characterized by massive exchanges of flowers, cards and phone calls. Pi(e), apple or otherwise, was celebrated a few days ago, on 3/14 as you Yanks call it.
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  Teyss: <Brenin> Don't apologise, it's not pedantic, it's informative as usual.

I couldn't resist making fun of Missy but the pun is funny and the game interesting. 27.? was a Monday puzzle in 2013. As noted above 23.? would be a much more complex puzzle because of the variations following 23...Rc6.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thanks, <MissScarlet>. completely forgot about that game.
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